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ISAAC Mobile Lab

The ISAAC Mobile Lab provides unique in-house developed cutting-edge mobile imaging and spectroscopy instruments (funded by UK Research Council grants), along with state-of-the-art commercial and bespoke instruments for in situ analysis in art conservation, history and archaeology.​

The Mobile Lab service is available for use by all heritage research institutions and is supported by our own expertise in interdisciplinary research at the interface between science and heritage. 

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One of our stops is Greece, where we will be studying the murals of the Macedonian Tomb at Agios Athanasios in Thessaloniki. 

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old "about" page slide reel- removed 21.6.22  Cultural heritage also presents the most complex material science problems, with degradation products often existing alongside original materials. Consequently, the instruments we develop are in demand in a variety of other fields, and we have collaborated closely with nearly all the major cultural heritage institutes in the UK and many institutions internationally.  

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Development of In Situ Analysis & Imaging Solutions for Heritage

Monitoring & Research 

Mobile Analysis Lab &

Spectral Imaging Data Processing for Heritage Institutions

We currently have two facilities which are available for heritage organisations to access:

The ISAAC Mobile Lab is equipped with portable in-house developed instruments and a range of complementary commercial techniques for in-situ analysis of objects and works of art.

The ISAAC DigiLab provides spectral imaging data processing for large data sets. This can be used in conjunction with the ISAAC mobile lab facilities for data capture, or for analysis of data which are captured "in-house" by institutions which have their own analysis equipment.

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The ISAAC Research Centre was established at Nottingham Trent University in 2006 and specialises in developing portable, non-invasive and non-destructive optical imaging and remote sensing systems for use in our ISAAC Mobile Lab.


These systems, along with the robust data science methods of the ISAAC DigiLab, are applied to solving conservation, art history and archaeology materials research questions for museums and cultural heritage institutions. 

We work with Archaeologists, Curators, Conservators, Technical Art Historians, and Academic Researchers to investigate and answer their research questions as fully as possible, including pigment and binder identification and sequencing, analysis of under-layers and overpainting, large area surveys, surface degradation microfade analysis, condition monitoring of objects and large structures, and reconstruction or reinterpretation of altered objects.

Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art History & Conservation (ISAAC) | Nottingham Trent University

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Computational Approaches for Technical Imaging in Cultural Heritage (ARTICT) Conference- 27-29 April 2022. (7th IP4AI meeting).

A virtual conference organised as part of the EPSRC-funded ARTICT - Art Through the ICT Lens: Big Data Processing Tools to Support the Technical Study, Preservation and Conservation of Old Master Paintings project (a collaboration between the National Gallery, University College London and Imperial College London). Professor Haida Liang gave a Keynote address. 

Head of ISAAC:

Mobile Lab Co-ordinator:


Affiliated Members:





PhD Researchers:









Visiting/ Associated Students:

Dr Sotiria Kogou


Dr Sammy Cheung

Dr Joshua Hill

Dr Florence Liggins

Dr Alessandra Vichi

Dr John Page

Sarah Neate MA, MSc

Alex Hogg MSci 

Dr Natasha Hodgson

Dr Jay Silverstein

Dr Ian Shuttleworth

Dr Lucas Goehring

Dr Golnaz Shahtahmassebi


Patrick Atkinson

Yu Li

Luke Butler

Makiko Tsunoda

Maria Amelia Suzuki

Rebecca Mitchell

Martin Jürgens 

Jake Hollis

Fatima Sahraoui

Florence Gadsby

Laura Giuliani, Sapienza University of Rome

Eva Dimitroulaki, ERASMUS+

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